Love, Simon was released in the U.S. on March 16, 2018 and directed by Greg Berlanti. This is a story that may feel uncomfortable to some, however I think that it is necessary in our current society.
The story follows Simon as he lives a perfectly normal life, except he has one big secret (he’s gay). He lives and goes to school just like everyone else and no one even knows he is different. Someone at the school posted on a website confessing that they are gay using the name “Blue”. Simon starts to send emails and they keep emailing each other back and fourth. In the end, his secret gets out and his whole world turns upside down. The message of the movie is basically to not be scared to embrace who you are. It also emphasizes the fact that it is the person’s choice when they want to “come out”, not anyone else. Another main message is that everyone deserves to be happy, no matter what they look like, or if they’re gay or straight, or anything else.
I really enjoyed the cast in this movie and I thought that they all did very well. Simon was played by Nick Robinson and he did amazing. He played his character really well as he kept trying to keep his secret hidden. He also did a good job of expressing his emotions when he needed to. Jennifer Garner played his mom and Josh Duhamel played his dad. They both also did a really good job in their roles. Then we get to Simon’s three best friends, Leah (Katherine Langford), Abby (Alexandra Shipp), and Nick (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) They are all good too, not really anything spectacular. I liked Katherine Langford’s performance the most out of the group as she showed a lot of emotion as she shared a secret of her own. Nick Robinson and her definitely had really good chemistry and it showed in the movie. The cast was definitely a major part in making this a great film.
The main thing that I really enjoyed about this movie was it’s message. It is a movie that really I think anyone with a heart can enjoy. I am straight, however the movie’s message still reached me. Anyone with a heart can enjoy this and understand why Simon feels the way that he does. I also never thought that this movie was boring. This film definitely has a target audience so it’s not for everyone, but I think most people should enjoy it throughout. Finally, the movie was just directed really well in my opinion. Greg Berlanti did a great job of crafting this movie and really making it a smart, genuine story.
Really the only slight problem with this movie is that the story does get sidetracked sometimes. It starts diving more into other characters stories for decent chunks of time rather than focusing on the main one. That is the only thing that slightly bothered me and it really wasn’t that big of a deal.
In the end, this is a really well-made, funny, genuine, and heartfelt movie. It offers so many moments of real-life sequences and so many true emotions. It allows for the audience to feel like they really know Simon and want him to be happy. Everyone involved in this movie did a great job!
Rating– 9 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness. This is a very important movie for everyone to see. It delivers emotional performances, and a great overall story.
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